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Literature and politics in Cromwellian England [electronic resource] : John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Marchamont Nedham /
Blair Worden.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
description
xvii, 458 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
019923082X (pbk. : acid-free paper), 9780199230822 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
isbn
019923082X (pbk. : acid-free paper)
9780199230822 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Originally published: 2007.
catalogue key
8567624
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [427]-441) and index.
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...a work of immense richness and its implications will be debated for many years to come...what this book does, it does superbly well, and it will send scholars back to the sources with new questions and new answers.
"Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England is a marvellous contribution to the field. It will play a central role in all future discussions of Milton, Nedham and Marvell, and will be of fundamental importance to all those interested in the relationship between literature and politics inseventeenth-century England." --Matthew Adams, Review of English Studies
Review from previous edition: "Our understanding of Milton, Marvell and Nedham is quite simply transformed by Worden's brilliance as a reader of their texts and by his extraordinary ability to use their connections and divergences one with another and with a wider group of kindred spirits." --John Morrill, BBC History Magazine
Worden steers an intricate and assured course through these complex areas, guided by his remarkable knowledge... what emerges from the close analysis of Nedham's, Milton's and Marvell's political manoeuvrings is something quite radical.
'Review from previous edition Our understanding of Milton, Marvell and Nedham is quite simply transformed by Worden's brilliance as a reader of their texts and by his extraordinary ability to use their connections and divergences one with another and with a wider group of kindred spirits.'John Morrill, BBC History Magazine'Literature and Politics in Cromwellian England is a marvellous contribution to the field. It will play a central role in all future discussions of Milton, Nedham and Marvell, and will be of fundamental importance to all those interested in the relationship between literature and politics in seventeenth-century England.'Matthew Adams, Review of English Studies
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A leading historian of the English Civil War looks at the writings of its two great poets, John Milton and Andrew Marvell, and relates them as never before to the writings of Nedham and the political controversies of the time.
Long Description
In this book a pre-eminent historian of Cromwellian England takes a fresh approach to the literary biography of the two great poets of the Puritan Revolution, John Milton and Andrew Marvell. Blair Worden reconstructs the political contexts within which Milton and Marvell wrote, and reassesses their writings against the background of volatile and dramatic changes of public mood and circumstance. Two figures are shown to have been prominent in their minds. First there is OliverCromwell, on whose character and decisions the future of the Puritan Revolution and of the nation rested, and whose ascent the two writers traced and assessed, in both cases with an acute ambivalence. The second is Marchamont Nedham, the pioneering journalist of the civil wars, a close friend of Milton anda man whose writings prove to be intimately linked to Marvell's. The high achievements of Milton and Marvell are shown to belong to world of pressing political debate which Nedham's ephemeral publications helped to shape. The book follows Marvell's transition from royalism to Cromwellianism. In Milton's case we explore the profound effect on his outlook brought by the execution of King Charles I in 1649; his difficult and disillusioning relationship with the successive regimes of theInterregnum; and his attempt to come to terms, in his immortal poetry of the Restoration, with the failure of Puritan rule.
Main Description
Here is a new approach to the historical study of literature. A leading historian of the English civil wars looks at the writings of the two great poets of the time. John Milton and Andrew Marvell, and relates them as never before to the dramatic developments which brought about the execution of King Charles and the rise of Oliver Cromwell.
Main Description
In this book a pre-eminent historian of Cromwellian England takes a fresh approach to the literary biography of the two great poets of the Puritan Revolution, John Milton and Andrew Marvell. Blair Worden reconstructs the political contexts within which Milton and Marvell wrote, and reassessestheir writings against the background of volatile and dramatic changes of public mood and circumstance. Two figures are shown to have been prominent in their minds. First there is Oliver Cromwell, on whose character and decisions the future of the Puritan Revolution and of the nation rested, andwhose ascent the two writers traced and assessed, in both cases with an acute ambivalence. The second is Marchamont Nedham, the pioneering journalist of the civil wars, a close friend of Milton and a man whose writings prove to be intimately linked to Marvell's. The high achievements of Milton andMarvell are shown to belong to world of pressing political debate which Nedham's ephemeral publications helped to shape. The book follows Marvell's transition from royalism to Cromwellianism. In Milton's case we explore the profound effect on his outlook brought by the execution of King Charles I in1649; his difficult and disillusioning relationship with the successive regimes of the Interregnum; and his attempt to come to terms, in his immortal poetry of the Restoration, with the failure of Puritan rule.

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